As someone who is entering the fashion industry, the article, “Starting at the Top: Edward Wilkerson” (March/April 2004) by Cheryl Ann Wadlington gave me a lot of insight into the struggle and time commitment that it takes to break into the field and realize your dreams. It also opened my eyes to the entire spectrum of employment opportunities in the field, beyond just designing the clothes. Too many articles are simply about the glitz and glamour of the business instead of the hard work behind closed doors. I look forward to more informative and in-depth articles in your magazine.
March was Women’s History Month and I was fortunate enough to attend your luncheon for the 25 Influential Black Women. This short note is to congratulate you on your wonderful selection of these talented 25 Influential Black Women. Of course, I am especially proud to say one of them is a friend and former boss of mine from my retail days at Bloomingdale’s, where I started my retail career. The diverse backgrounds, experience and education of these women were very impressive. They serve as an inspiration for young African-American women everywhere. Their careers are living proof that the barriers of racism cannot prevail against fortitude and excellence. I salute you for your achievement and my beautiful Black sisters for forging the way.